Cowyboys and Pirate Captains

It’s funny how genre comics tend to come in waves. It seems as though everyone who wants to work in the fantasy, science fiction or western genre seem to get the idea at roughly the same time and this creates a wave of those kinds of comics hitting the stands all at once. Recently, it looks as though it’s the WESTERN genre’s turn (although in all fairness, Jeff Mariotte was doing DESPERADOES when it wasn’t fashionable a few years ago. It’s how a certain guy called John Cassaday got his start– maybe you’ve heard of him…?). And it’s funny to ME because I’ve been wanting to do a western for some time now– but I’ve never had the time, always having to do the work-for-hire dance. So, here’s a sketch of the main character from a western story that I still hope to one day tell.

The second piece I want to present today is a copy of the color cover for the TALES OF TELLOS comic that was just solicited in this newest issue of DIAMOND PREVIEWS. The printing was so dark that it looked like mud, really. So just for my OWN edification, because I really like the colors that Val Staples of MV CREATIONS and MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE fame— one hell of a colorist– did, so I wanted to present them in a less muddy fashion.

And for those of us who haven’t been able to make it to COMICON INTERNATIONAL this weekend– the guys over at FANBOY RADIO will be broadcasting live from the show later today. I don’t know exactly how they’re going to pull it off, but hopefully it’ll work out. It would be fun to hear some of the goings on at the show on its last day. The show will be broadcasted at 4PM PST– 7PM EST. There’s a link at the top of the page that will allow you to listen to streaming audio over the web (it’s how I listen to the show every Wednesday and Sunday). You’ll need the REALPLAYER software to allow you to listen.

I’ll see you back here tomorrow.


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